Records of Scottish Iron & Coal MastersAssociation, employers' association, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Letter books 1910-1957
  • Minutes 1897-1939
  • Plean Colliery agreement books 1899-1946
  • Miscellaneous volumes 1928-1933
  • Records relating to the Scottish Pig Iron trade 1899-1965
  • Arbitration records 1920-1956
  • Ayrshire Water Order records 1897-1944
  • Coalowners records 1847-1943
  • Mining Journal 1865-1972

Administrative / Biographical History

In the context of developing industry in the west of Scotland during the nineteenth century, the production of iron, coal and the means of transporting these commodities from place to place were strongly related areas of interest. Matters concerned with the arbitration of disputes over terms and wages on the part of the Scottish pig iron traders, iron masters and coal-owners and the demurrage and the use of the railways, were administered centrally by a firm of Glasgow solicitors, Bishop, Milne Boyd & Co .

From at least 1899-1920  , James Bishop held the position of secretary to the various constituent bodies of the Scottish Iron & Coal Masters Association . These included the Board of Conciliation for the Regulation of Wages in the Pig Iron Trade of Scotland, the Scottish Manufacturing Iron Trade Conciliation and Arbitration Board, the Mining Association of Great Britain (in Scotland) and the Coal Owners of Scotland (based at 100 Wellington Street Glasgow). By 1942  , Thomas Petrie and James Sweeny were acting joint-secretaries. In 1970  , the firm of Bishop, Milne Boyd & Co moved to 133 St Vincent Street.


This material is arranged into series, which consist of numbers of items related by function and/or format. Within series, the items are generally arranged chronologically

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Acquisition Information

Loan : Bishop, Milne & Boyd, Glasgow, solicitors : c1970

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Digital file level list available in searchroom.

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Custodial History

Acquired from Bishop, Milne & Boyd, solicitors, c1970


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Additional Information

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Finding aids, system of arrangement and Extent and medium of the unit of description updated by Jack Watt , Archives Assistant, 12 November, 1999

Updated by Lesley Richmond , Acting Director, 3 March 2000

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